John E. Connell, III

July 21st, 2014

John E. Connell, III, age 83, of Wilmington, died peacefully at his home on July 20, 2014, surrounded by his large and loving family.

John was born and raised in Wakefield, MA; he was the dear son of the late John E. Connell, II and Marion E. (Logan) Lawson. John was a graduate of Wakefield High School and went on to train for the Army National Guard at Ft. Drum in New York.

John married the “love of his life” Marjorie Stanton in 1953, sharing more than 60 years together and raising a beautiful family. John and Marge moved to Wilmington 57 years ago and quickly became part of a close knit neighborhood where they were thought of as extended family. John was a very devoted family man; he loved helping out not only his kids but all of their friends as well. John loved being “Papa” to his 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; he was always so proud of his family’s accomplishments.

John was known to be a very hard worker; for many years he was employed at New England Telephone. John started as a splice service technician where he actually climbed the poles for many years in bad weather to service the phones and keep lines of communication open. John’s work ethic and knowledge of the company along with his friendly disposition made him a favorite amongst his co-workers and helped him to move up the ranks. At the time of his retirement, John was a Contact Work Inspector for the Telephone Company.

John was certainly a “social butterfly” who would do anything for anyone; he belonged to several clubs and did countless hours volunteering his time. John was a Charter Member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus where he was also a Fourth Degree, he was very involved in the Tewksbury Wilmington Lodge of Elks B.P.O.E. #2070 for many years, he was also a member of the Wilmington VFW, American Legion, and the Moose Lodge in North Reading.

John was best known as an AVID outdoorsman who loved to hike, camp, canoe, mountain climb, fish, garden, and he thoroughly enjoyed loud outdoor activities. John passed his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren; he always had sound advice on how to survive in the wild. John also did a lot of volunteering over the years at the youth center in Wilmington where he took the kids hiking and fishing.

Following retirement, John and Marge became “snow birds” who wintered in Cape Coral, Florida for over 30 years. John joined the Eagle Club and continued to make countless new friends down South.

John was a “history buff”, he was well read and could have a conversation on almost any subject. John knew so much information about people and places it was truly amazing.

John will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and devotion to his family and friends. He was a friendly guy with a good sense of humor who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was the beloved husband of Marjorie J. (Stanton) Connell, devoted father of Debbie Doucette & her husband Gene of Wakefield, Jean Ferrara & her husband Ferdie, Judy Cassim & her husband Bill all of Wilmington, Patti Dussault & her husband Gino of Barnstable, John Connell, IV & his wife Audrey of Dracut, Maureen Tabor & her husband Ron of Sebago, ME, Mary Hancox& Dave Gidari of Middleton, Janice Cool & her husband Dennis and Michael Connell & Christine Burke all of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Gene Doucette, Jacki (Doucette) Snow, Danielle (Doucette) Dolan, Steven Doucette, Carolyn Doucette, Jennifer Aprile, Tom Aprile, Jonathan Aprile, Meghan Ferrara, Michael Ferrara, Ken Tabor, Kurt Tabor, Ashley (Tabor) Pringle, Michelle (Cassim) Howlett, Christine Cassim, Richie Tabor, Jim Tabor, Katie Dussault, Jill (Connell) Canes, John Connell V, Cassie Connell, Kyle Hancox, Shane Hancox, Janell Velozo, Kayla Velozo, Bailey Steen, and Alivia Steen, “Great-Papa” of Abby, Emma, Haylee, Alana, Tayler, Emerson, Brody, Manuel, Chase, Lilly, Farrah, Jimmy, Elijah, Gabriel, Ethan and Madison, father-in-law of the late Thomas Aprile and Stephen Hancox, cherished son of the late John E. Connell, II & Marion E. (Logan) Lawson, dear brother of Eleanor Loughman of GA, Earl Lawson of Malden and the late Robert Connell of Falmouth. John is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 24th from 3:00-9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


20 Entries in Guest Book for “John E. Connell, III”

  1. Rosemary Boylen Haley says:

    Jean, Patty & Mary:
    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  2. Jenifer Savosik says:

    Mikey and family, my thoughts are with you all during this very sad time.

  3. Janet Manuel says:

    Judy and family:
    Sorry for loss of your loved one.

  4. Charlie Proto says:

    To the Whole Connell Family.. I cannot even describe the respect I had for Papa! He always made me laugh, and had such a sharp wit, its not even funny! Even when he had some rated PG words for me, he was entertaining, and always had a huge smile! Please know My Family and I send our deepest condolences!

  5. The Bloom Family says:

    Dear Debbie & family:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all in the loss of your beloved dad & grandfather. Cherish all your wonderful memories forever in your hearts. Know that he is at peace & free from pain. You have a guardian angel w/you always!

    God Bless!

    With sympathy & friendship,
    Janet, Bill & Billy

  6. Mac and Maddy McDonald says:

    Dear Patti,Jean and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. God Bless

  7. Judy O'Connell says:

    Dear Mike and Family,

    I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. May the many years of happy memories bring you and your family some comfort now and in the future. My deepest sympathy to each of you during this difficult time.


  8. Barbara Colbath says:

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Jimbo McHugh says:

    To the Entire Connell Family,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  10. Marissa Volpe says:

    Mikey and family,

    Thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I never met John but know he raised a great son who is caring, funny and a good friend to us all.

  11. Pam, Tom & Boomer Rosato says:

    Dear Marge and Family, I was so sorry to hear about John yesterday. We were hoping that he would make it to Florida just one more time. When I look back on a relationship that got off to a rocky start. We now think of you as our dearest friends. You and John were the reason we decided to rebuild on Dolphin Dr. John will be truly missed by all.

  12. Keith Dunnett says:

    Papa was a cool guy sorry to see him go

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  14. Cathy Bradley says:

    RIP “PAPA” Connell you will be greatly missed. Prayers with the family during this time of loss.

  15. Brian Canes says:

    John was a grand gentleman. He will be sorely missed.
    We wish all his family a long and healthy life.
    Brian and Melanie Canes

  16. Snooky says:

    Dear God, Please take good care of this wonderful soul. He was a mans man and a great friend. Bring peace to his beautiful family whom he worshipped unconditionally. Bless SWEET Marge with all that is good. She stood by his side, not such an easy place at times, his whole life. God Speed Dear Buddy, say hi to Snapper n all. Jack Daniels will neva taste the same my friend. Much Luv,,,,, Snooky

  17. Paula and Mark Pendergast says:

    Dear Family and Marge,
    John was such a dear friend of ours and he will be so missed here. We loved our times sitting with John and listening to the many stories of the good times of life. Marge, you always treated us like family and that was so very special for us. We will miss “our John” and the gentleman who came South to our neighborhood. We loved him and know God will be watching over him now. Our sympathy to all the family and Marge. Paula and Mark

  18. Marilyn Thackeray McGrath says:

    John, Patty and family;

    I want to extend my deepest condolences to you and your families! I am so sorry for your loss!


  19. joe bradley says:

    so sorry to all the family.Papa was the best,he will be deeply missed.R.I.P. MY FRIEND

  20. Beth Ritchie Pidgeon says:

    Dear John, Patty and Family,
    Losing a parent, no matter the age, is so difficult. Hoping that your many years of wonderful memories will help you all through this sad time. Kelley Road to Parker Street was a short bike ride away…

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